The National Environmental Standards and Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has charged manufacturing companies in the country to properly manage their waste to forestall environmental degradation.
Director-General of NESREA, Prof. Aliyu Jauro stated this when he met members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) in Lagos on Friday, June 21.
The DG hailed MAN for its great contributions towards the nation’s economic development but expressed concerns over the environmentally-unfriendly practices of some manufacturers.
Jauro, who was represented by NESREA’s Director, Inspection and Enforcement, Mrs Miranda Amachree, said that such companies contribute to the problem of pollution in the country by engaging in arbitrary disposal of toxic wastes in form of effluents and electronic gadgets.
He said, “Many of the gadgets contain heavy metals such as calcium, mercury, with time, these metals percolate into the soil, posing danger to the environment.
“Many of these elements, which cannot decay, find their ways into water body and permeate into the ground water source.
“The effect can be grave when the water is used for either cooking or drinking.
“Heavy metals are really hazardous to human health as they can damage the kidney and are also cancerous.
“We realise the challenges faced by the manufacturers on regulation, multiple taxation and enforcement among others but solutions to the challenges do not rely on NESREA alone.
“It requires collective collaboration with other government agencies and stakeholders in the industry.”
The DG expressed NESREA’s readiness to partner with the manufacturers towards environmental sustainability.